Bodysnatchers in association with Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company presents BLOOD PRESSURE by Mark Rogers at the Old Fitz.
BLOOD PRESSURE is a new play by Mark Rogers. It is a very ambitious work, and almost works. Mr Rogers and his director, Sanja Simic have collaborated on an intense work. The subject matter concerning two siblings, brothers, one who can play the piano, the other suffering through a terminal illness.
The love of language usage is joyfully obvious, if occasionally a little overwrought, and the play sometimes stands still for too long, a little indulgent, and the ending not as dramatically impactful (maybe the staging?) as it could be, but it is of such resonant promise that attention ought, should, be paid.
Michael: I'm not telling you how to live, but that you should.
Adam: I'm not a coward, I'm tired.
Wade Briggs as Adam, and Alexander Millwood as Michael, give astonishing performances. Their sensibilities and craft interdependence finally honed and comfortable. The casting is remarkable and one is left asking how real is real? The acting is, often, uncomfortably, moving.
The design collaboration (Set Realisers, Damian Griffin and Clare Spillman) is simple, the lighting (Toby Knyvett) and sound (Tegan Nicholls) effective.
For some audience members this could be a very difficult subject matter to witness, but the ambitious craft and art of this young team, is worth the braving of it.
From the Director's Note:
Illness is the night side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds a duel citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.
- Susan Sontag, in Illness as metaphor.
The Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company, back on track. Independent Theatre showing the way, again. Modest, but, arresting, Worth catching as was THE SEAFARER and PUNK ROCK.